Private Search is a search engine which also has an extension of the same name. This program is provided by the site eAnswers.com and considered as a browser hijacker. The search engine takes over your browsers, changes, and blocks their default search engines. The homepage and new tab settings are also altered. Search results are filled with misleading content and ads.
To remove the unwanted app and get all your settings back, you should read the whole article.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Your browsers will have their settings changes. Sponsored content and adverts will appear in your search results.|
|Symptoms||Your search engines will be blocked in every browser and changed to the Private Search one. The homepage and new tab will be changed as well. Ads will appear when you browse and you might be redirected.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installer Setups, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Private Search.|
Private Search – How Did I Get It?
Private Search can be included inside third-party installer setups. The unwanted extension can intrude your computer without you realizing. That can happen because it hides in bundled packages and freeware installations. Such setups often implement additional components for installation selected by default. To avoid getting unneeded programs is doable if you find a Custom or an Advanced menu to deselect them.
Private Search can also be found on the Chrome Web Store as you can see right above. The eAnswers website hosts the extension as well. Clicking on advertisements and making visits to sites with suspicious reputation can be another distribution method. Browsers that are affected are mainly Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox.
Private Search – More Information
Private Search is the name of a search engine that can hijack your browsers and even block other search engines. The program is distributed by the eAnswers.com site. The home page, new tab setting and default search engine will all be changed to www.eanswers.com/private/. See how it looks:
When it enters your computer, the nasty hijacker will change the settings of any browser it finds. The related extension can link you to other sites. That extension which serves the same function as the hijacker can do the following:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
- Change your privacy-related settings
Your search queries will get filtered by the www.eanswers.com/private/ engine each time. You could easily get redirected to various sites partnered to eAnswers. Sponsored content and advertisements appear in the search results. The links from the search results could misdirect you.
You can see in-text links and unrelated results if you use the Private Search. Other types of advertising could be displayed on sites that you browse. The ads might be pop-ups, pop-unders, banners or others. The websites you might land on from the redirects could be aiming to get revenue to the owners with a pay-per-click setup.
And as clearly written in the Policy, the information which may be gathered is:
- Your IP address
- Telephone number and Mobile phone number
- Your browser type, version and plugin information
- Date and time of searches and local time
- What you clicked on or searched for
- Name and e-mail address
- Physical address and your name
- Country of origin
- Job occupation and title
- Platform (OS) type
You can see a picture of the Policy down here:
By using the services and Private Search engine, as well as all other applications, you grant your consent for personal information collection. Cookies and various tracking technologies might be used to gather that information and show you targeted advertisements.
Remove Private Search Completely
To remove Private Search manually from your PC, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided down below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker and redirects effectively, you should search for and remove any leftover items with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program will keep your system secure.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Private Search from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Private Search from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Private Search from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Private Search from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Private Search from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Private Search from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Private Search from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Private Search from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Private Search
Step 2: Uninstall Private Search and related software from Windows
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Private Search on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Private Search there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Private Search from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Private Search and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Private Search via Step 1 above:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Private Search from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Private Search from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Private Search from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Private Search from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Private Search will be removed.
Eliminate Private Search from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.